Jakarta. Media outlet Kompas put some of its unpublished photographs on display at Bentara Budaya in Central Jakarta on Monday (06/02) to commemorate the newspaper's 52nd anniversary.
Some 140 photographs on display during "Festival Fotografi Kompas" ("Kompas Photography Festival") have never appeared in the newspaper, while 40 were chosen from "Unpublished," a photography book the news outlet published in 2014. The book features 560 photographs, dating back to 1965, that were taken from the newspaper's archive.
"Not all the photographs can be published in the newspaper for decency, aesthetics and security reasons," said Wisnu Widiantoro, head of the festival organizing committee.
Kompas chief editor Budiman Tanuredjo said the exhibition is one of the newspaper's efforts to preserve Indonesian history.
"Photographs are among our most important historic assets. We hope that the history of our nation can always be remembered by many people," he said.
The festival acts as a bridge between photojournalists, photography enthusiasts and photography communities in Jakarta. Ten photography communities in the city, including the Jakarta Photo Club, Komunitas Lubang Jarum Indonesia (Indonesia Pinhole Camera Community), Panorama Jakarta (Jakarta Panorama) and Art Photography of Indonesia, are also participating in the event to share their experiences and photographic techniques.
Photography workshops will be presented during the weeklong festival, along with a book discussion of "Unpublished" by curators and speakers Jay Subyakto, John Suryaatmadja, and Danu Kusworo.
Kompas launched a photo digitalization program this year to transfer old photographs from film to digital format, which will be available on the publication's official website.
The exhibition runs until Sunday.